The Stone Edge Farm MicroGrid is a mile-long power line that connects a network of electrical services and integrates various forms of distributed energy generation (solar, microturbine, hydrogen fuel cells) and storage (batteries and hydrogen) with real time monitoring and control.
Like other microgrids, ours can operate normally, connected to and importing electricity from the utility grid, or disconnected from the grid, in island mode. We can also run as an island parallel to and open to the grid without contributing energy.
What is unique is our “MicroGrid mode,” the ability to operate islanded while intentionally exporting energy onto the utility grid.
While this has never been done before due to technological and regulatory obstacles, we are close to achieving that goal. We intend to turn over the point of common coupling to the utility, allowing them to explore the MicroGrid.